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Q:

I retired about three years ago, and at first it was great because we were able to travel and do all the other things we had wanted to do. But now we've done all that, and I'm bored. I never thought retirement would be this way. Any suggestions?


A:

One reason I wanted to print your question is because I hope it will encourage people to think more fully about their retirement years. Many plan financially for retirement, but never think realistically about how they’ll spend their time.

But God is just as concerned about our retirement years as He is about every other stage of our lives. In fact, retirement can be one of the most fulfilling and productive times of our lives — if we seek God’s will and turn those years over to Him. No matter how old we are, God is with us and has a perfect plan for our lives. The older I get, the more I take comfort in God’s words to Isaiah: “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you” (Isaiah 46:4).

We may not be able to do everything we once did, but God has other paths for us to follow, if we are willing. This is why I urge you to seek God’s will for your future. Begin by making sure of your commitment to Jesus Christ, and then ask Him to guide you. Perhaps your church can use you as a volunteer, for example.

God has given these years to you; don’t waste them or spend them only in self-centered indulgence. Instead, use them to grow closer to Christ… closer to your family… and closer to God’s plan for your life.

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5 Comments

  1. Winifred Z. says:

    I have been retired for several years, have gone through some VERY deep waters in the last 4 years with medical issues. I used to be involved in teaching, and also taught Good News Clubs, sang in the choir, played piano at many places and was very busy. Now I don’t do as much as I used to. But I am active in doing photography, journalling, making quilts for charity, doing personal Bible study. reading of Christian books, and praying as often as I can for things and people all over the world. I miss a lot of social contact with people that I used to have. But I love God more and more every day, and if you make yourself available to the Holy Spirit, He will give you meaningful things to do

  2. Nan says:

    Thank you Dr. Graham for this article. I was a small child when I first saw you on television back in the early 60’s. I have watched you since then. I just retired recently and this article is a reminder and blessing. Thank you for all you continue to do. You are an inspiration!

  3. Dr Peter Y Lam says:

    I find comfort in this article. God bless Dr Graham n his ministry.

  4. Irene simmons says:

    I am retired and at times I would cry from just do the same routine everyday. I lived on a fixed income but I know it will change. I has a very long talk with GOD to make me feel that I am still able to do tasks I need to accomplish and get closer to my family so I won’t feel so very lonely. I have a sense of peace now and I can now accept ageing. I praise and give thanks to my LORD for always being there for me and teaching me that getting old in an adventure with him, full of joy and peace everyday. GOD bless you sir.

  5. Mike says:

    Someone said that for a Christian, there is no such thing as retirement. You are blessed to have reached retirement. If you haven’t discovered your purpose in life by now. pursue that & God to see what he has in store for you now that you don’t have to respond to an alarm clock!
    I’m enjoying life more being retired because now I can serve God with the gifts he endowed me with. It is all the free will choice He allows us – to serve Him or not!